- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
The University of Buckingham is ranked first in the UK for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2019) and is fourth for staff-to-student ratios. The university also achieved Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework. The Buckingham two-year honours degree has four terms a year rather than three, with shorter vacations – meaning less debt and more focus; and the Buckingham Medical School MB ChB degree is 4.5 years.
UCAS Code: B90
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 52%
- Postgraduate 48%
Mode of study
- Full Time 94%
- Part Time 6%
Where students come from
- UK 62%
- EU 5%
- Other 32%
- Male 49%
- Female 51%
Student Services and Facilities
- The university library opens seven days a week. It is a combination of modern and ancient buildings, with study environments providing space for private and group work.
- There is also a dedicated law library for the Buckingham Law School.
- The university employs students in the library, student bar and Students' Union on a part-time basis, and as student ambassadors to support events. These opportunities are regularly advertised to students.
- Part-time work is available in local towns, including the large Bicester Village shopping mall, Milton Keynes and Silverstone F1 Race Track
- The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.
- A central Careers Service offers students from all schools of study a drop-in service for information, advice and guidance.
- Students can book one-to-one sessions with an adviser at the main office and also in careers offices on other campuses.
- A programme of workshops aimed at enhancing the students’ employability is arranged to complement the skills gained during their studies.
- The university also supports students with internships and work experience opportunities; a three-year programme in Business includes a work placement year.
- Students are encouraged register with the local NHS surgery, which has close links to the university.
- Doctors and nurses hold surgeries on campus each week and the main surgery is ten minutes' walk from the main campus. The practice offers a full and student-centered service.
- A student welfare and support term based on campus includes professional counsellors, and residence officers to support students in accommodation.
- The university launched the UK's first positive university initiative in 2017, embedding positive psychology into its curriculum.
- Two well-being dogs live on campus to help support students and staff manage stress and anxiety.
- Students are actively encouraged to inform the university of any disabilities and specific learning differences before they arrive, to enable support to be put in place.
- There is a professional student welfare team on campus.
- The Students' Union Executive serves a six-month term of office, with elections in March and August. The union building is located in the Old Town Mill (OTM) building by the river; it has a bar, restaurant/diner, gym, dance studio, music room and outside seating by the river.
- Over 40 societies and clubs are affiliated to the union, including the Buckingham Sports Union, Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union and Islamic Society.
- The union organises weekly events such as quizzes, live music nights and themed parties; and annually it hosts the Graduation Ball, Rag Week, Freshers' week (in both September and January) and the annual Duck Race.
- The University of Buckingham opened in 1976 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016.
- It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
- The Medical School opened in 2015 in partnership with Milton Keynes University Hospital. A 4.5 year MB ChB medicine programme is available to UK and international students.
- The University of Buckingham was the first UK university to offer a two-year honours degree.
Notable Alumni and Famous Faces
- Robin Totterman – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
- Arjun Oberoi – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India, a family business.
- Marc Gene – F1 test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24-hour Le Mans in 2009.
- Patrick Coote – head of family office for NAUTIQ and business partner behind Superyacht TV.
- Chris de Lapuente – adventurer, global president and chief executive officer of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
- Sara Sutcliffe – former Director of Legal and HR at the British Olympic Association, now CEO of the English Table Tennis Association.
- Frederick Mitchell – former foreign minister for The Bahamas.
- Leo Mills – former Cabinet secretary, Bermuda.
- Bob Tavener – CEO of Twinings.
- Mark Allen – CEO of Dairy Crest Group PLC.
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